Add cordyceps’ respiratory and cardio support to your wellness routine.
April 06, 2022

How Can Cordyceps Support Respiratory & Cardio Health? + Tips for Taking Cordyceps

People choose functional mushroom supplements for a variety of reasons. First, mushrooms are a natural product, not a lab-created chemical or food alternative. You can feel pretty good about taking a supplement made from whole food. In addition, mushrooms represent a third food kingdom in the diet. In addition to plants and animals, yeasts, molds, and mushrooms comprise the Fungi. As such, they offer nutrients and bioactive compounds not available in foods from the other kingdoms. And lastly, mushrooms have a long and celebrated history of medicinal use in many cultures. One of the most detailed records is their use in Traditional Chinese medicine over thousands of years.

Within the category of functional mushroom supplements, people choose different species for their particular health benefits. Lion’s mane, for example, is sought by students to seniors and everyone in between for its brain-supportive properties. Reishi is renowned for helping to quiet the mind, a benefit coveted for meditation or after a stressful day. Maitake, on the other hand, benefits metabolic health. People often choose this mushroom to support healthy blood sugar and lipid levels.

With so many different benefits, it should come as no surprise that there is a functional mushroom that supports respiratory and cardiovascular health. Cordyceps is the mushroom known for supporting these vital systems. Once found only in the higher altitudes of the Tibetan Plateau of China and the Himalayan regions of Bhutan, India, and Nepal, cordyceps use was reserved for royalty.

Fortunately, this mushroom is now cultivated under ideal growing conditions much closer to home. This brings its benefits to serious athletes and those simply focused on general health and wellness. Learn more about this unusual mushroom and how you can add cordyceps’ respiratory and cardio support to your wellness routine.

What Exactly Is Cordyceps?

Cordyceps is an unusual mushroom in shape and in the sense that though most functional mushrooms grow naturally on living or dying deciduous trees, it grows on insect larvae. With such a limited range, habitat degradation, climate change, and overharvesting have led this spindly-shaped mushroom to be labeled as endangered in nature. Luckily, cultivation on organic substrates such as oats has made cordyceps growth more accessible and sustainable on mushroom farms.

Though the cordyceps genus represents about 400 species, there are two that have been researched and are commonly cultivated for supplemental use. Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris are now grown successfully without the insect host. By filtering air and water and controlling the process from start to finish, companies like Om Mushroom have eliminated the risk of exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and environmental toxins. With the help of experienced mycologists, we have made this once rare mushroom available to everyone.

How Does Cordyceps Support Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health?

Cordyceps contains powerful bioactive compounds both in its fruit body and mycelium. These include beta-glucan polysaccharides, digestive enzymes, fiber, prebiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and more. These compounds benefit the body in many different ways to support respiratory and cardiovascular health.

Supports Vitality & Endurance

Cordyceps is well-known for supporting exercise endurance and recovery. A study conducted with sedentary adults revealed that those receiving cordyceps supplements for 21 days experienced faster heart rate recovery and were less fatigued than the placebo group. This benefit is desirable for athletes but also for the average person hoping to optimize their health and wellness.

Supports Oxygen Consumption & Delivery

Cordyceps optimizes oxygen uptake and delivery. During high-intensity exercise, supplementation with cordyceps improved respiratory parameters such as maximal oxygen consumption, time to exhaustion, and ventilatory threshold over placebo in as little as three weeks.

Supports Cellular Energy

Cordyceps supports cellular energy. Antioxidants contained in cordyceps may support the body’s ability to combat oxidative stress and upregulate ATP regeneration thus providing energy at the cellular level.

Supports Metabolic Health

Cordyceps supports cardio health by helping to maintain healthy lipid levels. Water-soluble compounds in cordyceps had a lipid-lowering effect in laboratory studies.

Supports the Immune System

Like other functional mushrooms, cordyceps supports your natural immune defenses and promotes gut health with prebiotic fiber. A healthy, functioning immune system allows your body to defend itself against challenges to your respiratory health.

How Can I Add Cordyceps’ Respiratory and Cardio Support to My Wellness Routine?

Getting cordyceps’ support for your respiratory and cardio health is easier than you may think. Om Mushroom makes several high-quality, ready-to-use products that bring the benefits of cordyceps to you.

Om Cordyceps Organic Mushroom Powder blend combines the bioactive compounds of the fruit body and the mycelium in a versatile powder. Just a teaspoonful per day provides 2g of finely milled whole food powder that can be added to a post-workout smoothie or mixed into just about any recipe.

For those who prefer their mushroom supplement in capsules, Om Cordyceps Mushroom Capsules provide the same quality powder in a convenient, portable form. Just three capsules per day provide an adequate daily dose of cordyceps.

Om Breathe Mushroom Capsules combine the respiratory support of cordyceps with additional functional mushroom benefits from reishi, chaga, and turkey tail. The added support of 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of zinc and vitamin D can promote immune support. The potent polysaccharides make this specially curated blend a good choice to support oxygen uptake and respiratory health and promote a healthy immune system.

A Functional Mushroom Supplement With Benefits for You

Whether you are a serious athlete wishing to optimize your workouts or a health enthusiast looking for a natural supplement to support cardio and respiratory wellness, cordyceps is the functional mushroom for you. With thousands of years of traditional medicinal use and modern medical research to back it up, it is the clear choice to meet wellness goals involving these vital systems. With Om Mushroom products cultivated sustainably in southern California, the benefits of these unusual mushrooms once reserved solely for emperors are now available to you.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Functional mushroom products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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